AFTER three years of no football Karl Stevens has enjoyed an amazing 12 months.
There were no junior league teams in Biloela for Stevens' age group so, for the past three years, he has been unable to play the game he loves - apart from a handful of games for the high school side.
However, in April the young half-back celebrated his 17th birthday, which meant he was old enough to play in the senior competition and he didn't hesitate in signing up for the Biloela Panthers' Reserve Grade side.
After playing several games in the reserves, Stevens was given a taste of A-grade and reckons playing and training with the "big guys" has resulted in a big improvement in his own game.
This improvement led to Stevens being named in the CQ Capras under-18 squad earlier this month.
"It was good experience playing A-grade," Stevens said.
"It was a good challenge and it also showed me where I was at and what parts of my game I need to work on."
A member of the CQ Capras squad Stevens travels to Rockhampton every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday for training.
He has a break after December 1 before returning to the squad for training camp on January 26.
"Next season they will pick a team each week from the squad to play against other teams from throughout Queensland in the State under-18 competition - the Mal Meninga Cup."